Newker Primary School

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Waldridge Rd, Chester Le Street, County Durham, DH2 3AA

0191 388 7099

Newker Primary School

Please check out our Newsletters for all of the dates of events taking place in school during the Summer term.

  1. Key Information
  2. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  3. Transition


At Newker Primary School, we know how important a successful transition is to all our children.
Children and young people with SEND can become particularly anxious about starting school or
moving on to a new class or school. There are a range of strategies that we do to reduce anxieties
and ensure consistency of support at all times.

How we support children/young people with SEND starting at our school

We are keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to school.
Parents are welcome to arrange a visit of the school, and this will be with a member of the school’s
leadership team. If I child is already identified as having SEND before starting at Newker Primary
School, then a meeting between parents, the child’s new class teacher and SENDCO will normally
take place. This gives parents the opportunities to discuss their child’s needs and for staff to
discuss what arrangements will be put in place to support the child.

If we feel that a child would benefit additional visits to school (prior to them starting) then this will
be arranged between parents and the child’s current school setting. If a pupil transfers to us from
another school, we will endeavour to visit them in their current setting so that staff have an
opportunity to see what is currently in place for the pupil and how we can support them at Newker
Primary School. Where needed, the SENDCO will attend the Annual Review to meet the current
class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil.

How we support children/young people with SEND moving between classes in our school
In the summer term, before children transfer to their new class, we organise transition visits within
school. A member of staff may accompany the children on a visit to their new class and help
them to settle into the new environment and meet the staff. If needed, we will also provide a
transition booklet for any SEND children to take home during the summer holidays to try to lessen
anxieties for both children and parents/carers. This way, transition can be discussed further at
home to support the preparation of returning to school in September with visual prompts as a

How we support children/young people with SEND leaving our school
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for a new school.
Their class teacher and SENDCO will discuss with parents how many transition visits can be
arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These visits are in consultation
with the child’s new school, but may involve a Learning Support Assistant (who works closely with
the child) attending some transition visits with them. Additional meetings may also be held
involving professionals to discuss transition arrangements. The SENDCO from our school and
the new school will meet to discuss individual children’s needs and hand over documents.

Parents of children with an EHCP can request a change of placement for their child (to a specialist provision provider) and this will be discussed prior to the child’s EHCP Annual Review.